Where do you take your clothes when you have finished with them?
Maybe get friends around and throw a clothing exchange party, or maybe take them down to the charity shop or put them in the recycling bin?
Well, in Holland alone 140kg per year of clothing finishes up in the trash bin proving that fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world.
A circular economy is defined as an economy where we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.
The benefits of a circular economy include reducing waste as well as reducing the environmental impact on production and consumption of resources.
In Belgium you can hire a pair of jeans and, when you have finished with them they can be recycled, shredded and new cotton added to the original cotton and turned back in to a new pair of jeans.
So, the linear approach of resources, make a product and dispose might become, in time, a thing of the past.